Music Therapy Association

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Music has been used as a healing force for centuries. Music therapy goes back to biblical times, when David played the harp to rid King Saul of a bad spirit. As early as 400 B.C., Hippocrates, Greek father of medicine, played music for his mental patients. Aristotle described music as a force that purified the emotions. In the thirteenth century, Arab hospitals contained music-rooms for the benefit of the patients. In the United States, Native American medicine men often employed chants and dances as a method of healing patients. Music therapy as we know it began in the aftermath of World Wars I and II. Musicians would travel to hospitals, particularly in the United Kingdom, and play music for soldiers suffering from war-related emotional and physical trauma. From time immemorial, music has been an unavoidable part of any civilization; in every aspect it is cultural, social or educational. But in this twenty first century where nothing is left unexploited, our researchers are coming up with anew possibility of disease management with music. In the years that have passed by the transformation of music from a passion for art to a disease healing technique has been very fast. New researches being conducted all over the world is pointing to the promising fact that exposure to music therapy can substantially improve the mental and physical condition of patients receiving palliative care. Even though music has played a crucial role in the lives of the ancient Hindu religion, for that matter every religion in India and some have even taken it to the extent of using music to find solutions for the diseases, the technique did not get enough attention. Music therapy is actually the interpersonal process wherein the therapist uses music in all its facets that can be physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual to assist their clients to improve or maintain their health. In many cases the therapist also makes use of the relationship developed between him and...